Arriving at the college, he went through various addiction healing programs. He went so crazy that he thought the crowd was behind him and his college was a base for the FBI, Miss Stack said. At one point, after he left his childhood home, he threatened to kill the family dog if his parents did not pay him. His mother later discovered that Johnny received his own medical marijuana card when he was 18 and began dealing with young children.
After being in the psychiatric hospital several times, doctors determined that Johnny had a serious case of THC abuse, Miss Stack said. He was given an anti-psychotic drug which helped – but then he stopped taking it. In 2019, Johnny died after jumping from a six-story building. He was 19 years old. A few days before his death, Mrs. Stack said Johnny apologized to her, saying the weeds had destroyed her mind and her life, adding, “I’m sorry, and I love you.”
A recent study found that those who used cannabis were more likely to have suicidal thoughts, plans and attempts than those who did not use the drug. Miss. Stack now runs a non-profit organization called Johnny Ambassador that educates the community about high-THC marijuana and its effects on the teen’s brain.
“There is no safe limit.”
When someone uses marijuana, it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly how much THC enters their brain. Because it is not only the frequency of use and THC concentration that affects the dose, it is also how fast the chemicals are delivered to the brain. In vaporizers, the distribution speed may vary depending on the base at which THC dissolves, the device’s battery power, and how hot the product is when heated.
High levels of THC are more likely to cause anxiety, agitation, paranoia and psychosis.
“The younger you are, the more vulnerable your brain is to developing these problems,” he said. Levy says.
According to the Drug Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, young people are also more likely to become addicted if they start using cannabis before the age of 18.